L’Avenir Single Block Pinotage 2014

Though L’Avenir in Stellenbosch was once a proud independent with Mauritian-borne, former sugar trader Marc Wiehe as owner and the legendary Francois Naude Snr as winemaker, it is now in the possession of French wine corporation AdVini and it’s noteworthy that they persist with South Africa’s two supposed signature varieties, namely Chenin Blanc and Pinotage, […]

July 12, 2017
by Christian
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South Africa’s 10 most underrated wine producers

Why do some wineries attract all the hype and others go largely overlooked despite turning out of cracking wine? Here’s a list of 10 producers bubbling under, either established properties enjoying a resurgence after being off form or new operations set for the big time. Arendsig Lourens van der Westhuizen is working hard to demonstrate […]

January 14, 2016
by Christian
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L’Avenir Glenrosé 2015

Most rosé is grape-based alcopop and doesn’t pretend to be anything else so I was intrigued when L’Avenir in Stellenbosch recently announced it was launching a version set to sell at R200 a bottle. From Pinotage grown on gravelly Glenrosa soil, the wine is called Glenrosé and comes in a bespoke bottle with a protea-shaped […]

November 19, 2015
by Christian
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Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge 2015 winners

Results of the second annual Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge, convened by the producer body known as the Chenin Blanc Association, are now out. There were 145 entries in total and the winning wines are as follows: Aeternitas Wines 2010 Price: R120 Boutinot Tea Leaf 2014 Price: R74 DeMorgenzon Reserve 2014 Price: R210 […]

August 28, 2015
by Christian
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L’Avenir Single Block Chenin Blanc 2014

Various changes of ownership in the last decade or so have meant that Stellenbosch property L’Avenir fell from prominence for a while but with it now under the custodianship of leading French wine company AdVini, some enterprise seems to be returning and the current releases of its two flagship wines are impressive. Tasting notes and […]

June 11, 2015
by Christian
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Tim James: The Joys of Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc

With fashionable Swartland basing its white wine reputation on its treasure-house of old chenin and getting a lot of deserved attention for its varietal wines and blends, it’s perhaps not always remembered just how brilliant many Stellenbosch chenins are. Even that great Swartland champion, Eben Sadie, takes his priciest white wine, Mev Kirsten, off an […]

April 6, 2015
by Tim James
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L’Avenir Single Block Chenin Blanc 2013

L’Avenir in Stellenbosch is probably best known for its Pinotage but don’t overlook the Chenin Blanc. The 1997 won the Chenin Blanc Challenge as run by Wine magazine in 1998 and the Single Block 2013 is the stand-out wine among the current releases. From a block planted in 1972, fermentation was started via inoculation in […]

September 29, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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L’Avenir Pinotage 1999

Last night a tasting of the eight vintages of Pinotage from Stellenbosch property L’Avenir to have won at the Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition: 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2011. The wines from 1996 to 2003 where made by the respected Francois Naudé and back in the day were among the most […]

September 26, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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